So I am now working on round two of potty training on my two year old Annie. She is actually 28 months, and we first tried back in the fall. My second attempt didn’t go over very well. I tried my patented three day nudie method. I took her diaper and pants off. I showed her the potty and handed her a jar full of M&M’s as a bribe.
She was very excited about the chocolate, but she didn’t seem too interested in the potty. Then the phone started ringing. I took my eyes off of Annie for a few minutes. She came running to tell me that she had something to show me. It was not what I was hoping to see, she had an accident in the middle of my kitchen floor. We had another talk about going on the potty. She nodded and said yes. I continued with my plan. Once again the phone rang, and as I was checking in with work, I turned around to find Annie sitting on my bar stool in the kitchen with pee running down the side.
So needless to say, we put a hold on the effort. I quickly realized that each child is different. And although my oldest Zoe did great with the three day boot camp method, Annie is going to ride the Potty Train for a lot longer. We refer to it as the “potty train” because as I was trying to explain to Annie that it was time to potty train her, I realized her excitement was around the fact that she thought she was going to ride an actual train. Not a surprise since she is obsessed with trains.
Two weeks later we are back at it, and she is doing great. She woke up one morning with a dry diaper, so I ran her into the potty and we sat there for about thirty minutes. She finally peed and we danced and sang in the bathroom to celebrate. She has now embraced the idea of giving up diapers. Annie prefers to wear training pants and clothes while potty training – so no naked method for her. I used some waterproof training pants for a couple of days, but now we have moved on to the padded big girl undies. She also prefers the training potty over the big potty – another difference between my two girls. Zoe preferred the big potty, with a training seat on it.
After two days of making Annie sit on the potty even when she didn’t want to, she is now telling us when she has to go to the bathroom and doing great. She even did a number 2, which anyone who has been through potty training before knows that this is big feat. Some kids just refuse to use the potty for number 2. I had one friend whose son would hold it for a full day until his next nap when she would put a Pull-up on him. And then he would do his business. This went on for over a year. So I am thrilled that Annie is not discriminating her potty visits.
Next step will be to ease out of the pull ups at night once we have several nights in a row waking up dry.
Would love to hear from moms who are going through the same thing! What your methods are, and how long you’ve been riding the Potty Train.